BA, PhD (NUI Galway).
My primary research interests are in the literature and culture of British India during the Romantic and Victorian periods, particularly newspapers, periodicals, travel writing and poetry. I also work in the wider area of colonial / postcolonial / global literature and culture. I specialise in the scholarship and practice of text-editing, including the retrieval and editing of marginal works. My interests include the literature and culture of the nineteenth century more generally, especially poetry (Letitia Landon, Emma Roberts and other women writers, Walter Scott, Thomas Moore, and Byron), crime and sensation fiction.
Outreach and Engagement
As a member of the School of English I am involved in outreach activities and community engagement.
My teaching draws on my research in nineteenth-century and twentieth-century literature, and covers a wide range of material including the Romantic and Victorian periods, the literature and history… read more
My main research interests are in the field of colonial and postcolonial cultures, with particular reference to the literature and history of British India. My current project is an investigation of… read more
I welcome PhD applications in Victorian literature, the literature of British India, Romantic women's poetry and prose, crime fiction, newspapers and periodicals, the literature of place, region and migration. I have interests in the Midlands4Cities areas of conflict and societal change, and in textual criticism and editing, the literary history and culture of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and book history. Please email if you'd like to discuss a proposed PhD topic.
Current doctoral students are working on
- Duelling in nineteenth-century literature
- Space and heterotopia in early nineteenth-century women's writing
- Regional writing by women in the early nineteenth century
- The Minerva Press
- The work of JG Ballard
Former students have successfully completed PhDs on topics including
- representations of disease in speculative fiction
- contemporary Malaysian life-writing
- the Gothic in literature
- the contemporary Nigerian-Biafran war novel
- the science fiction of Iain M. Banks
My teaching draws on my research in nineteenth-century and twentieth-century literature, and covers a wide range of material including the Romantic and Victorian periods, the literature and history of British India, postcolonial writing, and crime fiction. I teach students at all levels, from first-year undergraduate to postgraduate.
Undergraduate modules taught
I contribute to core modules at first-year and second-year level, primarily on literature of the nineteenth century, and colonial / postcolonial literatures. Current and past third-year option modules include material on detective fiction, the literature and history of colonial India, and the sensation novel in the nineteenth century.
Postgraduate modules taught
Contributions to team-taught Masters modules currently include material on sensation fiction, crime and colonialism, landscape and travel writing, and women's writing of the nineteenth century.
My main research interests are in the field of colonial and postcolonial cultures, with particular reference to the literature and history of British India. My current project is an investigation of satire, politics and social commentary in the poetry of the Indian press during the nineteenth century, funded by a BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant in 2016 and an RSVP Curran Fellowship in 2018. Work to date on the periodicals of colonial Bombay (Mumbai) has resulted in an edition of the poetry of Thomas D'Arcy Morris (Romantic Circles, 2018), and the essay "Satire, Militarism and the Hunt: Appropriations of Thomas Moore in Sporting Bombay" (2019).
Other recent publications include "Late Orientalist Poetry And Politics: India In The Colonial Literary Culture Of The 1830s Modern Language Review (2020), British India and Victorian Literary Culture (2015) and The Poetry of British India 1780-1905 (2011). Previous publications on colonial literary culture include work on Rudyard Kipling, the literature of the Indian Rebellion, and the history and fiction associated with British campaigns against thugs and dacoits in the first half of the nineteenth century.
I also have an interest in Romantic women's writing more generally; I've written on Emma Roberts and L.E. Landon, and have contributed to the Irish Women Poets of the Romantic Period database from Alexander Street Press.
Previous research interests have resulted in publications on Anglo-Irish writing (Oscar Wilde, Patrick Pearse) and postcolonial theory.